Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you K.A. Last for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award. I myself had never heard of it and found a post about it’s origins.

imagesThe Liebster is awarded to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. In my case I have less than 200 followers on Twitter.

The conditions that go with being nominated are:

  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;
  2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator and create 11 questions for your nominees;
  3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserves to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen;
  4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

11 Questions from K. A. Last

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? I had a few ideas in mind. I always wanted to write books and poetry. I wanted to be a criminal psychologist. I wanted to be an English teacher and I always wanted to be a mom. I was pretty close to the English teacher gig but teaching Russian instead. But now you find me a working mom and a writer who wants to publish.

What’s your favourite book to movie adaption? The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

What are you reading at the moment? I am reading several books right now. Blue Sky by Melissa Lemon. I am reviewing that for her blog tour that kicks off in February. Big in Japan by Jennifer Griffith. Pitch Green by the Brothers Washburn. I am reviewing that for their blog tour that kicks off in March. There is probably another one but I cannot think of it at the moment.

Paperback or eBook? I will always want a paperback version of a book. There is something about the smell of a book and running my fingers through the pages that I enjoy. An author once referred to it as a souvenir of the experience we had reading it. I like that analogy. I just barely bought my first eBooks. I think I only have 10 of them. Some were only available in that medium and some I just wanted to see if I would like it and some were free.

What do you think of independent/self-publishing? I think this is awesome. It’s a lot of work and I have seen several friends go through the process. The one caveat is that a lot of crap is out there too! I don’t really want to go through it’s slush pile.

What’s a book you really hated reading and why? Some may disagree with what I am about to say but I hated reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. I saw the musical Wicked in the Spring of 2005 and I loved it!!! The music was wonderful and the story was such a great idea. Later on I found out about the book and bought it. It took me almost three years to read it but I didn’t actually finish it all as I skipped around the last 100 pages.

I wanted to put it down several times because of unnecessary stuff like all the sexual references and the ‘f-bomb’ frequent drops. I thought this totally took away from the story. And it seems a bit long and confusing at times. I think the idea is awesome but I just didn’t like how it was executed in the novel. I think the musical did a far better job of telling the story.

Do you type out or write your ideas down? When I initially get an idea I’ll write it down in a little notebook I have or on a piece of paper that I may have handy. I will later type that into my computer so I don’t lose it. But in some ways I am still old school. I do like to write down my ideas and thoughts on paper sometimes.

What genre do you prefer to read and/or write? I don’t have just one genre that I like to read or write in. I love readings novels in mystery, suspense, fantasy, sci-fi, historical fiction, literary classics, gothic novels, vampires, some horror, general fiction, biographies and some non-fiction. I write and have ideas for YA, fantasy, women’s fiction, middle grade, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, suspense and horror.

Is there an author that you loved, but were turned off their work because of something they said or did in public? This is a great question. I once had an experience with an author in whom I looked up to a great deal. I was working at a bookstore at the time and I was excited to help with his signing. My boss knew this was my all-time favorite author and let me take care of the whole thing. I set up the table, chairs and displayed the product we had. I met the author and tried to contain my excitement a little- knowing I had all afternoon to chat with them. It was about 30 minutes into the signing and they started to complain. The right books were not there and something else. He started yelling at me and I didn’t know what to do because this was out of my hands. I kindly excused myself and wandered back to our offices in the store and cried. One of the gals who coordinates the signings said she would go out there and finish it for me. Little did I know what was about to happen while I was hiding away.

She came back at the end of the signing and told me the author wanted to talk to me. His family was there and they would be waiting around one of the registers. I was freaking out. She told me she went out there and yelled at them, which I can totally see her doing. She was like, “Did you realize she is your biggest fan and you were so rude to her and you made her cry!” I was a little embarrassed to go out and talk to him after that but I did. The author took me aside and apologized profusely. He was so sorry and it wasn’t my fault and he was just venting and I got in the way. He also introduced me to his wife and daughter.

I could’ve taken this the wrong way and never read another one of his books. But the fact he cared that I’d been hurt and stayed to apologize meant more to me than anything. I learned a big lesson that day that our idols or those we hold in high regard can fall. They are after all only human. I still enjoy this author’s novels and love the characters and stories of his books.

Where would you most love to travel to and why? I would love to travel to Israel, Egypt and Italy. I have done a lot of traveling all over the world and these are the three places I have yet to go to that I am just dying to visit.

  • Italy: I want to go to Italy because that is where my heritage/family is from. I am a third generation Italian on my father’s side of the family. I am half Italian. We are from the Reggio de Calabria! I cannot wait to go there and visit someday.
  • Israel: I have always wanted to go to the Holy Land and trace the steps from scripture. To see the Wailing Wall, the temple, the garden tomb, etc. My mother and sister recently went together and had a fabulous time on a tour. Someday!
  • Egypt: Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by Egyptian culture and the pyramids. I want to go to experience the grand culture of the kings and ride a camel. šŸ™‚ I love to watch those shows on National Geographic where they go open the tombs and find people from history in their sarcophagus.

Coffee or tea? I don’t drink coffee but I do love herbal teas. I lived in Russia for 18 months and I had herbal tea all the time. I love it. My favorite flavors are mint and chamomile. I also love to use tea when I have a sore throat. Some honey, lemon and hot water always does the trick!

My Nominees:

Janet Roberts
Carrie Cox
Michelle Pereira
Kate Spencer
Joshua E. Bigger
Ellis Nelson
T. Lynn Adams
Wendy Knight

I decided to go through my Twitter list and blog list and nominate my friends.

My 11 Questions:

  1. Twizzlers or Red Vines?
  2. Do you have a current WIP? If so, tell us about it.
  3. What is your favorite punctuation mark?
  4. If you could pick the songs for the soundtrack of your novel what would they be?
  5. What are three words that describe how you feel about writing?
  6. What is your favorite genre to read and why?
  7. What music do you listen to when you write, if any?
  8. What is your writing goal this year?
  9. Laptop or desktop?
  10. How do you stay motivated?
  11. What is the primary focus for your blog?

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for thinking of me. Enjoyed learning more about you with the Q&A.

  2. R.K. Grow says:

    You are welcome Carrie! I am excited to see how everyone answers the questions.

  3. K. A. Last says:

    Oh, you hated Wicked! That’s one of my favourite books.

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